Growing Peas

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
            P P P P    

(Best months for growing Peas in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Sow seed

  • Easy to grow. Sow in garden. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 46°F and 75°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 2 - 3 inches apart
  • Harvest in 9-11 weeks. Pick the pods every day to increase production.
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Potatoes
  • Young pea plant

Peas are best grown in cooler seasons. Peas need some support when growing, tree prunings with lots of small twigs are a cheap and handy source. Or else strings between posts or wire netting. the peas need tying in the early stages, until they start producing tendrils and clinging to the support.

Some pea varieties are called 'dwarf' but to make harvesting easier it is a good idea to support the plants.

Pick pea pods while young and pick them often to keep them producing.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Peas

Raw straight from the pod in the garden is best!
Raw in salads.
Steamed lightly.
Small pods can be steamed whole.

Your comments and tips

23 Jun 20, Aubrey (USA - Zone 7b climate)
When is it time to pull out pea plants?
14 Jun 20, Andre Crous (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
What types of soil do peas like
15 Jun 20, Anonymous (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Soils range from very sandy to heavy clay, in the middle is loam. A good loamy soil with plenty of compost added to it will grow just about all vegetables. As long as you have a sufficient supply of nutrient and water you can grow things in anything, water, sand, pebble, soil, straw etc.
17 May 20, Chris Chitumwa (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Thanks for the info. I was looking for the best time to grow peas in my small garden. The article was very helpful.
19 May 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hoped you looked up your climate zone in S A for the info. Planting is a couple of months later than sub- tropical Australia. We receive most of our rain in the summer also.
08 May 20, Heather (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi. Newbie here both to this site and to veggie growing in general. Thrilled to find your site. I have two questions about Mammoth 'Snow Peas' which I planted in late April (doing well). First, how long might these plants bear in my sub-tropical region and should I continue sowing more peas into autumn? And, second, I've seen advice to pick the young shoots on pea plants (edible, I'm told) to encourage them to become more 'bushy'; does this apply only to 'bush' type peas or to climbing varieties also? Thank you in anticipation.
11 May 20, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I grew Mammoth and they grew very tall before flowering. I recommend Oregon giant. They will bear over a few weeks, 3 maybe 4. Do plantings about 1 month apart. I don't pinch the top out, not necessary. Make a trellis for them about 1.2-1.5m high. A bit of chicken wire.
24 Apr 20, shantipa (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
can snap peas grow in an area which receives 4hrs/day sunlight?
27 Apr 20, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Probably not very well, other words a light crop probably. Look up hours of sunlight for snap peas on the internet.
18 Apr 20, Gene (USA - Zone 5b climate)
Best days to plant peas and also best days for potatoes
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Hi, if it is wilt as in phytothphora then not much you can do as a quick fix. I am responsible for the bedding in town and we imported it via infected plants, in the autumn we removed 300mm of soil from all beds and brought in clean soil, still don't know if it's worked. The spores remain active for a couple of years so if you leave an area unplanted and sow mustard which acts as a fumigant that would help. Some plants are less susceptible but be aware anything touching infected ground, tools etc can spread it. It's the same disease that has infected kouri trees. Cheers Richard

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